Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

I don't think I'll be back in the ring: Lindsay

Winner: Josh Warrington

Former British champion Martin Lindsay has admitted that his boxing career has almost certainly come to an end.

Following his one-sided defeat at the hands of British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Josh Warrington on Wednesday night in Leeds, a dejected Lindsay feels there is no way back to the level he expects of himself.

The 32-year-old looked a shadow of his former self when losing to Warrington who is nine years younger and unlike Lindsay has enjoyed regular ring activity.

Warrington was given a unanimous decision in their Commonwealth and vacant British title fight and Lindsay had no complaints as he revealed that from early on in the fight, he just didn't feel it was going to be his night.

Indeed, only two or three years ago Warrington probably wouldn't have gone the distance with Lindsay, who sadly leaves the sport with unfulfilled potential.

Lindsay said: "I don't think you'll see me back in the ring again.

"I always said that I wouldn't want to hang around and just end up a name on somebody's record, somebody who is up and coming.

"I feel so gutted and I'll think about things over the next couple of days but I can't see me boxing again.

"Warrington's a nice guy, he came into the dressing room afterwards and said that I hurt him a few times but I just couldn't land the punches I wanted to.

"Credit to him, he has a great engine and I would say that's his best attribute but I was seeing the opportunities, seeing the punches to land and they just weren't coming. My brain was saying throw them but it just didn't happen.

"From early on I could feel that I just wasn't sharp enough, I wasn't firing the way I know I can and it was just very, very frustrating throughout the fight.

"He kept the pressure on, he has a good workrate but I just felt that I couldn't do what I wanted."

The former Irish senior amateur champion – a university graduate – must now face up to life away from the ring, though it would come as a major surprise if he did not start taking a more prominent coaching role in the Immaculata club.

Lindsay continued to be coached by his amateur mentor Gerry 'Nugget' Nugent throughout his professional career and he has often spoken about coaching in the club where it all began for one of the most naturally talented Irish fighters of his generation.

Recently, there has been talk of an all-Belfast showdown with rising featherweight star and current Irish champion Marc McCullough but the defeat to Warrington seems to have ended any thoughts of such a clash.

Lindsay landed the British title in 2009 with a stunning stoppage of then unbeaten Scot Paul Appleby in the Ulster Hall and he went on to successfully defend the belt before losing on points in 2010 in the King's Hall to another Scot, John Simpson.

The Belfast man clearly had the potential to come back and progress to European honours and a possible world title shot but instead his career sadly suffered a slow decline, largely due to inactivity.

Despite all the odds stacked against him, Lindsay still went out on his shield on Wednesday night and now he knows the time is right to walk away.

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